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Presentation to President Thabo Mbeki Western Cape Provincial Imbizo 2007 . Helen Zille Executive Mayor of Cape Town 22 July 2007. Contents. Background and context of this report. Local Government’s Core Mandate. Local Government Responsibilities.

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Presentation to President Thabo MbekiWestern Cape Provincial Imbizo2007

Helen Zille

Executive Mayor of Cape Town

22 July 2007


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Contents


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Background and context of this report


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Local Government’s Core Mandate


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Local Government Responsibilities

  • The core functions that Local Government must perform are set out in the following documents:

    • Chapter 7, ss156 of the Constitution - Powers and Functions of Municipalities

    • Part B of Schedules 4 and 5 of the Constitution

    • Local Government Legislation

    • IGR Framework Act

  • Local Government is also guided by:

    • White Papers

    • Programmes of Action


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1 March 2006New Government Elected


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Initial Focus on Organisational Stability

  • Legacy of 7 municipalities not properly realigned into 1 following formation of Unicity in 2000

  • City initiated Organisational Realignment Project

    • Executive Management Team aligned with Mayco portfolio structure

    • Placement of 21 500 employees into 1 realigned organisational structure with basic parity based on benchmark grades, salary scale & conditions of service

    • Reversing exodus of skills by proactively filling critical vacancies – So far 1800 new appointments made, 1200 to follow in year ahead

  • Focus for next 3 years

    • to become internally efficient, to improve service delivery and to streamline transactions with customers (businesses and general public)


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Performance Review


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Performance Review - Overview


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IDP focus: Infrastructure Led Economic Growth

  • Core objective is to increase public investment in municipal infrastructure and services to lead economic growth and job creation

  • City implemented above-inflation increase in rates and service charges for new infrastructure and to address service delivery backlogs, especially in sewerage, electricity and transport infrastructure

  • Sustained under-investment in key infrastructure needs to be corrected

  • Capital budget therefore increased from R2.5bn (2006/2007) to R4bn (2007/2008)

  • Operating Budget increased to ensure City has capacity to spend capital budget (especially to fund maintenance and filling of critical vacancies)


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Local Economic Development

  • Improve access to ICT by establishing Municipal Broadband Network (R400m business plan currently under discussion)

  • Already established 4 Digital Business Centres to extend small business access to IT and Web (Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Langa)

  • Improve SMME access to finance through Business Place; joint public/private sector initiative (including Investec, Umsobomvu Youth Fund) with R2,1m loan funding granted in last 12 months

  • Continued focus on internal efficiency, reducing transaction turnaround time and reducing red tape (guided by WESGRO’s investment constraints review)

  • Build partnerships in Tourism to create labour intensive economic opportunities


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Housing and Basic Services

  • Housing backlog in city: housing database currently contains around 400 000 applicants

  • With limited resources in context of massive scale of need, our focus is on provision of basic services and an incremental approach to housing provision

  • City accelerated provision of housing opportunities –

    2003/04 - 1 808 housing opportunities

    2004/05 - 3 469 housing opportunities

    2005/06 - 4 585 housing opportunities

    2006/07 - 7 530 housing opportunities

  • Informal Settlements Master Plan sets out framework for provision of services & upgrading of all 226 informal settlements around City. Completion of phase 1(essential services) within 2 years.

  • Rate of housing delivery constrained by:

    • Land shortage for housing: 8,750 hectares required

    • Delays in Housing Accreditation for Cape Town

    • EIA, TIA and other legislative processes – It currently takes between 18 to 24 months to release land before a housing project can start


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Key Programmes & Projects

  • Presidential Urban Renewal Programme:

  • Continued progress on key anchor projects as well as the eight projects being implemented as part of Project Consolidate

  • Funding issues with regard to certain projects (e.g. Budgeted funds late or not yet available for Lentegeur Public Transport Interchange & Station Upgrade)

  • Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP):

  • Well established and mainstreamed, 10 817 jobs created to date

  • City’s draft policy to guide employment of people from community within EPWP presently being debated in Committee system of Council - policy became necessary to counter irregularities arising from patronage in selection of workers


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2010 Soccer World Cup

  • 2010 stadium will be substantially complete by end of 2009

  • Critical risk:

    • exposure to excessive price increases from construction industry with serious capacity problems

    • demanding timelines are being closely managed

  • 2010 Joint Host City Transport Plan in being implemented

  • As part of World Cup:

    • Green Point common area is being redeveloped into consolidated sports precinct & urban park

    • 23 public viewing spaces being established (one in each sub-council)


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Good Governance

  • Provincial Imbizo & IDP Workshops: Various Provincial Imbizo & IDP Public-, Sub-Council- & Ward workshops held for public to identify their local & metropolitan priorities

    -Problem: Need for better coordination between City and Province as times/programmes of the Provincial Imbizo process clashed with City’s IDP public participation

  • Ward Forums:City is implementing ward forums to facilitate participation by local communities. In this regard, the City is exercising its discretion as granted by Section 72 of the Municipal Structures Act

  • Strengthening of Institutions: CTRU, Wesgro and other agencies to improve governance. Performance review of CTRU showed failure to meet required standards. Engagement between City and CTRU is ongoing.


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Critical Challenges


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Blockages

  • Housing - biggest constraint is access to well-located land for incremental housing development – will be facilitated by:

    • Making available state-owned land for affordable housing (e.g. Culemborg, Youngsfield, Ysterplaat)

    • Provision of funding by Dept of Land Affairs will assist acquisition of land for housing. City has not had response to repeated requests in this regard.

  • Housing - delay in granting City Phase 1 of housing accreditation is limiting capacity to accelerate housing delivery (backlog of approximately 400 000 grows by 16,000 per year – we must therefore create over 16,000 opportunities per year to reduce backlog)

  • Housing - Development & investment will be facilitated by reducing ‘red tape’ with respect to planning legislation & EIA / housing subsidy applications


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Blockages (continued)

  • Budget - implementation of projects and expenditure of budget can be improved through:

    • better alignment of planning & budgeting processes of all spheres, including SOEs

    • speedier transfer of funding

    • review of supply chain management regulations

    • Issue of unfunded mandates critical & requires urgent resolution by Provincial & National Government

  • Electricity – Problems around electricity provision by ESKOM – delays in electricity provision in Eskom supply areas

  • Safety and Security – Important that organisational structures set out in National Drug Master Plan adhered to by Province and City so that roles / responsibilities within spheres of government are clearly defined and two spheres can co-ordinate


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Conclusion

  • City made substantial progress to ensure that foundations of service delivery are firmly in place

  • Focus in terms of 2007/08 IDP & Budget is on infrastructure-led economic growth for job creation

  • Room for improvement of co-operative governance – in many areas our role as local government would be greatly facilitated through better coordination between spheres of government

  • City is committed to intergovernmental processes within its constitutional mandate


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EnkosiThank youDankie


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